Navajos pass law limiting police access to land


Navajo lawmakers have passed legislation prohibiting non-tribal officers from searching or arresting American Indian suspects on the reservation absent a cross-commission agreement. The legislation approved last week came in response to a New Mexico Supreme Court decision in a 2005 drunken driving case involving a Navajo man. The court said sobriety tests performed by a sheriff’s deputy on the reservation did not threaten Navajo sovereignty because the tribe had no rules or procedures on how to deal with the situation.